Van Gaal, Rijkaard, Guardiola and Martino.

Luis Enrique Martínez makes his debut as Barça coach at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, but he’s certainly no stranger to the ground, having played for Real Madrid between 1991 and 1996. After joining Barça, he then faced his old team in Madrid on a number of occasions and he was there again earlier this year in charge of Celta de Vigo in January.

This Saturday, though, will be Luis Enrique’s debut as Barça manager at the Bernabéu and he’ll be following in the footsteps of some highly successful predecessors.

Four wins, two draws and four defeats

The last ten Barça managers who’ve made their debuts at the Bernabeu have won on four occasions, drawn two games and lost four other matches.

Gerardo Martino’s first and only league game in charge at the Bernabeu last season ended with a 3-4 win with Leo Messi scoring a memorable hat trick. Before Martino, Josep Guardiola made his mark with the historic 2-6 win on May 2, 2009.

Dutch masters  Frank Rijkaard (1-2 in 2003/04) and Louis van Gaal (2-3 in 1997/98) also won their first games in charge at the Bernabéu, with Luis Enrique on the scoresheet in that game for the current Manchester United boss.

Radomir Antic (1-1) and Llorenç Serra Ferrer (2-2)  both took a point away from Madrid on their debuts, but Tito Vilanova (2-1), Carles Rexach (2-0), Bobby Robson (2-0) and Johan Cruyff (3-2) all debuted with defeat.

 

The last ten debuts

Gerardo Martino (2013/14)
League. Madrid 3-4 FCB

Tito Vilanova (2012/13)
Spanish Super Cup. Madrid 2-1 FCB

Josep Guardiola (2008/09)
League. Madrid 2-6 FCB

Frank Rijkaard (2003/04)
League. Madrid 1-2 FCB

Radomir Antic (2002/03)
League. Madrid 1-1 FCB

Carles Rexach (2001/02)
League. Madrid 2-0 FCB

Llorenç Serra Ferrer (2000/01)
League. Madrid 2-2 FCB

Louis van Gaal (1997/98)
League. Madrid 2-3 FCB

Bobby Robson (1996/97)
League. Madrid 2-0 FCB

Johan Cruyff (1988/89)
Spanish Super Cup. Madrid 2-0 FCB